This is a guide to the sunglasses emoji, which can appear beside a friend’s name on Snapchat. If the sunglasses emoji appears beside a person’s name, then it means that someone in your Best Friends list is also in their Best Friends list. In short: You both share a mutual best friend.
Your Best Friends list on Snapchat can hold between one and eight people. Snapchat automatically compiles this list using your recent activity. i.e. Who you’ve recently sent the most snaps to. Furthermore, when someone is in your “Best Friends” list, a smiley face emoji will appear beside their name.
If a sunglasses emoji appears beside someone’s name, then it means that the both of you have the exact same person in your list.
Take the following example:
- You follow both Lorna and Olivia on Snapchat.
- You send a lot of snaps to Lorna. As a result, Lorna is in your Best Friends list.
- However, Olivia also sends a lot of snaps to Lorna. Consequently, Lorna is also in Olivia’s Best Friends list.
As a result, when you look at Olivia’s profile, you will probably see a sunglasses emoji beside her name. Why? Because you both share a best friend (Lorna). i.e. You have both recently sent a lot of snaps to the same person.
The sunglasses emoji VS the grimace emoji.
In a previous guide, I wrote about the grimace emoji. The grimace emoji and the sunglasses emoji are kind of similar in the sense that they both indicate a mutual shared friendship. However, the grimace emoji will only appear if you both share the exact same TOP / #1 friend. On the other hand, the sunglasses emoji doesn’t really care about whether a person is 2nd or 5th on your list.
Take the following scenario, for example:
- You follow both Noah and Emma on Snapchat.
- You send a lot of snaps to Noah and he is number 4 on your “Best Friends” list. In other words, he is your 4th best friend. There are three other people above him that you send more snaps to.
- Emma also sends a lot of snaps to Noah. However, he is only 6th on her “Best Friends” list.
In this case, you will still see the sunglasses emoji beside Emma’s name. This is because Noah is on both of your “Best Friends” list. It doesn’t matter if he is 2nd or 6th or even 8th. All that matters is that he has made it onto both of your lists.
How long does the sunglasses emoji last?
There is no “set” time to how long an emoji will last for on Snapchat. Even the Snapstreak fire emoji and the hourglass emoji can stick around for a while after the streak has ended. As I mentioned above, many of these friend emojis are based on your most recent activity. Furthermore, the app can take a while to change them or remove them. Because Snapchat is such a popular app, is likely that there are one or more caching mechanisms at play. In certain cases, it can take days before the emojis are changed.
Why did the sunglasses emoji disappear?
If the sunglasses emoji disappears, then it means that your “shared best friend” has either fallen out of your “Best Friends” list or the other person’s list. Using the example that I outlined above: If Noah were to fall out of Emma’s “Best Friends” list, then you would no longer see a sunglasses emoji next to Emma’s name. Similarly, if he were to fall out of yours, the exact same thing would happen.
Remember: All of these emojis are based on recent activity. They can all change within a few hours or a couple of days, depending on how active you and your friends are on the app.
The sunglasses emoji is appearing next to the yellow heart / red heart?
This means that you and your top friend share a mutual best friend. The yellow heart / red heart indicates that you are best friends with this person. i.e. You both send each other the most snaps. However, the sunglasses emoji indicates that someone on your Best Friends list is also on their Best Friends list. You’re obviously number one on their list because the heart is showing. However, “Person X” could be 4th on their list and 3rd on yours.